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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.

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Adventurous minds convene to plan the future of WA’s trails

Oct 14, 2021
Western Australia's biggest-ever trails forum is being held in Albany today to discuss how the state can harness the economic potential of some of our fastest growing pastimes — hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
Female footballer holding a footbal

Country football kicks goals for mental health

Oct 13, 2021
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.
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Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

Oct 13, 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
Three junior netballers holding a netbal

Child Safeguarding Checklist

Oct 12, 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
Montage of people participating in rugby league on Cocos Island

Indian Ocean adventures with rugby league

Oct 11, 2021
Rugby league is one of the most popular sports across the islands of the Indian Ocean Territories thanks to a recent visit from the NRL.
Volunteer trail carers helping to upgrade a trail

Help care for trails

Oct 11, 2021
Do you enjoy walking or cycling on the trails of the Great Southern? Are you interested in meeting new people and spending time outdoors for a good cause?
Karijini National Park 1 Credit Tourism WA

Hiking participation grants now open

Oct 11, 2021
Have a great trails project you’d like to bring to life? Applications for the WA Hiking Participation Grants program are now open.
WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
Three people in a canoe

Heaps of fun at Camp Quaranup

Oct 11, 2021
The much-loved Camp Quaranup Community Open Day happens on Saturday 16 October.
Illustration of a group of people with the Be a vocal local branding

Make your vote count by being a vocal local

Oct 8, 2021
With just a week to go until Western Australian local governments hold ordinary elections across the State, Western Australians are being reminded to make their vote count by being a ‘vocal local’.
Jessica Fox of Team Australia competes during the Women's Canoe Slalom Semi-final

New Swan River canoe slalom course opens

Oct 4, 2021
A new flat water slalom course on the Swan River has officially opened today — just months after Jessica Fox won Australia's first Olympic gold medal in the canoe slalom event.
WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Register now for the WA Trails and Recreation Forum in Albany

Oct 4, 2021
Trails and recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their tickets to the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021, which will be held in Albany from 13 to 15 October.
Jeremy Hayward of the Kookaburras in action during the FIH Pro League

Perth proves pitch-perfect with five major hockey events secured

Sep 29, 2021
Some of the world's best men's and women's hockey players will be among thousands of visitors to Western Australia for a series of high-profile hockey events from 2022 to 2025.
Karijini National Park 1 Credit Tourism WA

WA Hiking Participation Grants open for applications

Sep 28, 2021
Community organisations or local governments can now apply for funding for programs that boost participation in hiking and trail running.
Football close up

Kimberley footy set to reach new heights with $5 million boost

Sep 28, 2021
The State Government is teaming up with the AFL to deliver a $5 million boost to one of football's most skilled, passionate, and remote talent pools — the Kimberley.

Local governments lace up

Sep 24, 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
Giant AFL Sherrin football banner displayed on Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup mega-footy a sign of Perth's Grand Final fever

Sep 23, 2021
Perth's AFL Grand Final fever has hit new heights with a giant Sherrin footy banner measuring approximately 12m high and 6.5m wide hanging over the Swan River from Perth's Matagarup Bridge.
DLGSC Director General Lanie Chopping with a copy of To Dwell in Unity

To Dwell in Unity

Sep 22, 2021
To Dwell in Unity, a history of the first 150 years of local government, has been launched at this year’s Local Government Convention and Trade Exhibition.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
Cruising the dirt roads on the Dampier Peninsula near Cape Leveque in northern Western Australia.

State Government moves to stamp out sly grogging in the Kimberley

Sep 16, 2021
WA Police will have the discretion to seize and dispose of illegal alcohol on the spot under new regulations to stamp out sly grogging in regional and remote communities.
Australian flag

Flying of flags for Australian Citizenship Day

Sep 16, 2021

LG Alert

Day of National Celebration, Friday 17 September 2021
Illustration of a group of people with the Be a vocal local branding

Be a Vocal Local – get out and vote!

Sep 15, 2021
There is just one month to go until local government ordinary elections take place across Western Australia.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Just the ticket — tough new laws to stamp out scalping

Sep 8, 2021
Ticket scalping will be illegal in Western Australia after legislation introduced by the State Government passed Parliament, delivering on an election commitment.
York Street the main commercial street of Albany with the Town Hall in the background.

Model Financial Statements for local governments

Sep 7, 2021
DLGSC has started work on a set of Model Financial Statements for WA’s local governments.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

New laws pave the way for screen production facility management

Sep 3, 2021
New laws to create a statutory authority capable of managing all arts and cultural assets in Western Australia have passed the State Parliament.
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MyCouncil website updated

Sep 1, 2021
Western Australian ratepayers and residents now have access to the most up to date information on how their councils are performing individually and against others.
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DLGSC on the road

Aug 27, 2021
The 16 October local government ordinary elections are just seven weeks away, so the DLGSC local government team has been out delivering information sessions to local people interested in standing for council.
Combat Sports Commission logo

Appointment of a new Commission member to the Combat Sports Commission

Aug 26, 2021
A message from the Chair of the Combat Sports Commission.
WA Premier's Book Awards 2020 Winners Announced

Premier’s Book Award winners announced

Aug 26, 2021
Western Australian writer, activist and political analyst Sisonke Msimang, who is known for her works on race, gender and democracy, was last night awarded the $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship as part of the Premier's Book Awards.
Be a Vocal Local and stand for council

One week until nominations for local government elections open

Aug 26, 2021
With nominations for the upcoming local government elections opening in one week, community members are encouraged to start thinking about standing for their council.

Financial Statements and Asset Revaluations for 2020-21

Aug 25, 2021

LG Alert

The transitional period for the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to take over local government financial statement audits has finished, and all future audits will be undertaken by OAG.
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Minister's webinar

Aug 25, 2021
About 100 delegates from the local government sector took part in a webinar held by Local Government Minister John Carey earlier this month.
A tennis court and ball

CSRFF funds tennis infrastructure

Aug 25, 2021
DLGSC has contributed more than $294,000 to tennis infrastructure projects through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) in the 2021-22 small grants funding round.
A group of men in a pub, one holding up a smartphone displaying an app

Shire support for Banned Drinkers Register

Aug 25, 2021
The Shire of Broome has supported the launch of two-year alcohol restrictions, in place in Broome and Derby.
Masterplan

Robinson Reserve upgrade

Aug 25, 2021
The redevelopment of Robinson Reserve in the City of Stirling is transforming the local community.
Moore River and Guilderton

Spotlight on Shire of Gingin

Aug 25, 2021
The Shire of Gingin is a peri-urban council that is located 80km from the heart of Perth and directly north of Wanneroo. The shire’s CEO Aaron Cook gives an overview of the local government area and the plans for the future.
Page reviewed 29 September 2021